Sonny Jim’s bedroom feels like such a 1950s nostalgia fantasy, with all the cowboy paraphernalia, the rocket and dinosaur, the Hardy Boys books, the ViewMaster (!!). I think it probably looks more like Lynch and Frost’s bedrooms when they were kids than it does any living kid’s today.
Every time I watch the scene of Janey-E yelling at the loan sharks, other than laughing nonstop, I try to find some rationale for the Tommy character seemingly being dead on Carrie Page’s couch in P18. Janey-E does say, “We are living in a dark dark age, and you are part of the problem,” but other than that random judgment by her, they don’t seem to have anything to do with anything outside that little scene.
Is Lorraine’s death the goriest scene in TP? I guess Sam and Tracey’s deaths maybe rival it, but this feels way more visceral and grounded.
Whenever I think of Frank Truman, I primarily think of him as a comedic character, since so many of his scenes are about him playing the stoic stone-faced straight man in the way that only Robert Forster could. But the backstory about his son, as well as the phone call with Harry in P5, really adds a poignancy to him. It’s sad, in light of Forster’s passing, when Richard, shit that he is, says the sheriff is basically 90. Likewise, hearing Carl mourn having nothing to look forward to in life is heartbreaking now. But I also love the joyfulness of, “I’ve been smoking for 75 years, every fuckin’ day,” with HDS’s joyful death-defying smile. God bless that man. God bless them both.
Chad is truly insufferable. He should go work in Deer Meadow. He’d fit right in.
Any thoughts on how many kids Frank has? We of course learn about the deceased son in this one. In the last one, Doris mentions Dwight having diarrhea and says “he” got into the cupboard again. I’d assumed this is a younger child, but now I’m thinking maybe Dwight is a pet of some sort. She also mentions “the twins” coming this weekend, which I assume are adult offspring of theirs, but who knows. She could mean Pete Martell’s old traveling buddies the Doolittle twins!
I wonder if Harry ever married. I sort of imagine him carrying a torch for Josie for the rest of his days. He seems like such a hopeless romantic.
This Part’s edition of DougieCoop’s Diet:
— Janey-E makes him a sandwich (it looks like ham and lettuce on whole wheat), which he eats along with Miss Vickie’s Original Recipe potato chips
— DougieCoop has his own coffee from Szymon’s when he comes into work
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